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Univeristy of Washington

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Fall 2015

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Brazil: Social Justice and Sustainable Development


This study will explore the relationships between corporate funding partners, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and the communities they work in (through the lense of community associations). Specifically I will examine the relationship between the NGO Instituto Povo do Mar (IPOM), the Associação dos Moradores do Serviluz (AMS), and the state controlled oil corporation PetroBras. PetroBras operates a refinery known as the Refinaria Lubrificantes e Derivados do Nordeste ( Lubnor ) within the neighborhood Serviluz, in Fortaleza, Ceara, and has become involved financially and socially in the neighborhoods surrounding the Lubnor . In this particular neighborhood, these three sectors work closely together in order to achieve similar goals and objectives; creation of social value and public good, improvement of education, community organization, and safety in Serviluz. What is the nature of the connections between these three sectors, how did these connections come to be, and how are their roles perceived by the individuals that work and live within the space surrounding the Lubnor in Serviluz? As the political and economic climate in Brazil becomes more uncertain, and funding from donors such as PetroBras, which the social projects that fill in gaps in government services in neighborhoods such as Serviluz often depend on, also becomes uncertain, understanding how partnerships benefit and affect creation of social value becomes important. This study will use formal interviews and participant observation to critically examinee how formal authority , discursive legitimacy , and access to scarce and critical resources affect the relationships between these three spaces, and how partnerships between them and sharing of power affects how social problems are constructed within Serviluz.


Community-Based Research | Family, Life Course, and Society | Inequality and Stratification | Place and Environment | Politics and Social Change | Urban Studies and Planning


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